Tue, 21 February 2017
Norwegian dark folk, melody, rich instrumentation, wicked vocals.
Enda-dagr: Helheim (Norway)(0:28-8:24)
Brooklyn black metal with emotive vocals.
Abject In Defeat: Woe (Brooklyn)(10:07-17:11)
Solid raspy vocals pairs perfectly with furious death metal.
Genesis To Your Curse: Ritualization (France)(17:46-22:15)
Nidingr has dude who plays with Mayhem. This is a non-traditional black metal album, lots of surprising sounds and tempos.
Gleipnir: Nidingr (Norway)(22:48-27:50)
Oh those Greeks. They are such strange, dreamy, badass weirdos.
Light/Fos: Locust Leaves (Greece)(28:46-36:53)
Lead singer from defunct Agalloch. This is a cleaner, simpler, doom-oriented sound.
Dark is the river of man: Pillorian (Portland)(37:32-46:59)
Witty noise rock from Australia.
Picking Teeth: Dead (AU)(47:50-50:36)
Instrumental band Omega Massif spun out this post-metal, lead-up oriented, composition-heavy band with a duo of strong vocalists.
Lights: Cranial (Germany)(51:22-END)
Tue, 7 February 2017
All proceeds from grind band Anal Trump go to Planned Parenthood. The BEST song titles like ‘Some Mexicans aren't Rapists’ and ‘My Daughter is a Piece of Ass’.
There's My African American!: Anal Trump (San Diego)(0:28-0:41)
Iceland is a country of raw beauty and power, and bring forth Mispyrming.
Hof: Misþyrming (Iceland)(2:07-9:14)
Last album was in 2013. Power Trip was produced by a dude from Sumerlands (a Runner-Up in my Best of 2016) – so I’m not surprised at the strong vocals. Varied tempos, all raw and tight.
If Not Us Then Who: Power Trip (TX)(9:54-14:00)
Nasty, dark Wiegedood that breaks into excellent pummeling. Members of Oathbreaker.
Smeekbede: Wiegedood (Belgium)(14:32-20:41)
Vancouver speed and thrash and complex fun drunk riffage.
Skitzoid Embolism: Terrifier (CAN)(21:12-25:18)
German one-man band comes out with his 7th album. He is incredibly varied: folk black, rock and punk. Vocals are clean, beautiful and growling styles.
Ä(h)renschnitter: Horn (German)(26:13-31:46)
Iron Reagan has fist-pumped out a skateboard thrash and punk album, that you’ll probably love.
Dead With My Friends: Iron Reagan (VA)(32:19-35:54)
Balfor makes Ukranian corpse-painted medieval sword-fighting music that we can all make out to.
Serpents of the Black Sun: Balfor (Ukraine)(36:39-42:37)
Shimmering stoner? Yes, and beautiful psychedelic. All from a cute Polish package.
Navigator: Dopelord (Poland)(43:35-51:39)
Grind and hella dissonant noise bros. Good variation.
Death Erection: WVRM (South Carolina)(52:04-54:42)
Melodic death-rock style metal, with post-metal and prog elements and fully atmospheric at the forefront.
Devoid: Nailed to Obscurity (Germany)(55:37-END)
Tue, 31 January 2017
14th album from Kreator, you wonder if any band with a 14th album can be good. Shit man, this shit is the SHIT. Fun, anthemic, catchy, fist-pumping thrash. Fuck you Metallica for being such assholes.
Totalitarian Terror: Kreator (Germany)(0:28-5:09)
Violent, yet melancholy and plaintive. Music that fits my heart.
Le jour se lève: Au Champ Des Morts (France)(6:47-13:39)
Oh shit, Pallbearer is about to drop their best album soon.
Thorns: Pallbearer (Arkansas)(14:25-19:42)
Plagues knows that black metal that bangs thy head is my religion.
Ascension: Plagues (MA)(20:07-24:32)
Dreamy, simple and elegant post-punk, Chicago-style (so very stylish).
No Game: Silent Age (Chicago)(25:26-28:56)
Chugging gritty dark death industrial.
Kyrios: Luminous Vault (NYC)(29:24-34:10)
Oh holy shit, I didn’t realize Freedom Hawk’s debut album rocked so hard. So glad they rereleased, and are on tour, I will be right up front.
Lightning Charge: Freedom Hawk (VA - rerelease)(34:43-38:30)
Pigs (7X) is noise psychedelic fuzzed out doom.
Sweet Relief: Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs (UK)(39:06-43:39)
Dramatic erupting horror atmosphere.
In screams and flames: The Great Old Ones (France)(44:34-52:20)
Folk and acoustic and bluesy, such a gorgeous combination. These guys are soulful.
Earthen Shroud: The Flight of Sleipnir (Denver)(53:09-END)